Field Day will look a bit different this year.

  • 8:30 – 9:30        Students will rotate through classrooms; where the teachers will provide 8-minute country-related activity, snack, etc.
  • 9:30 – 10:30      Soccer Tournament (K-7 teams with the 8th graders as coaches.) There is an alternate plan if raining.
  • 10:30 – 11:00    Goodbyes for students and teachers in classrooms.
  • 11:00 – 12:00    Pizza lunch – students and parents can purchase for $3.00 (pizza, ice cream treat, water)

Parents are invited to join at 11:00 am for the school picnic which will take place in the field. Remember to send $3.00 per person who would like to participate. RSVP by Thursday morning at 9:00 am.
Touch-A-Truck took place on Saturday, June 1, in our school field. It was amazing! The Community of Monroe was extremely generous and supportive! Thank you! A lot of fun was had by all. Touch-A-Truck is an opportunity to have children see up close some of the many vehicles that they see out on the road: firetrucks, police cars, cars old and new - a DeLorean, brand new Chevy trucks, a huge farm tractor, and many, many more. The children enjoyed face painting, the Balloon Man, and the Reptile Man due to the generosity of our sponsors. We were also thrilled to have two police officers, Jason Southard and Devin Tucker along with their police dogs, K-9 Tango and K-9 Sam. Thank you, Touch-A-Truck team; Meg and Brian VandenHeuvel, Riley Anderson, Christy and Joe Dunn, Janet Gjerde, and Claudia Mendoza. This event took place because of your vision and the hours of work behind that vision. Thank you to the families that came to Touch-A-Truck to volunteer their time on Saturday such as the Enoch family, the Franz family, the Jansen family and so many others. It is such a blessing to see students engaged alongside of parents, learning the joy of service. Saturday was one of the best ways to showcase Monroe: our community, our school, and the wonderful people who live and work in our area.
Don't forget to check the cubbies on the right hand side of the entry hallway for any lost and found items. Everything that is left at the end of the week will be donated.
Remember to bring your Box Tops to the office this week, and keep clipping this summer! 
It’s a free and easy way to support the school. 
Thank you!
Parents, report cards will be going home with students on the last day of school. Per Board policy, we can release report cards when all accounts are paid in full, library books returned or fines paid, uniforms are returned, and the like. Accounts include Tuition (to current), E-Care (through May), and fines/fees.  Please be sure you are current by June 5 th in order to receive report cards on the last day of school.

Dear MCS Parents,

By the end of the week you will be receiving your student’s report card. Various reactions come to mind. You might just be thankful that this year is over and after a break, next year will be better. You may be beaming with pride because this year has been the best to date. Your students have applied themselves, and their hard work is paying off academically and emotionally. Some of you may be considering having your students continue to work on Moby Max over the summer to help retain the skills they have worked on throughout the school year. (Your students know how to sign on, and it is free to our students because we have signed up for the school year. It's also, highly recommended by your MCS teaching staff.) Some parents may be considering workbooks or setting aside time to read, etc. Please take a minute to read this week’s Love and Logic about homework. This article applies to summer schoolwork, too. Thank you for partnering with us to focus on your child’s education!

Miriam was at a loss about her son, Michael. For two straight weeks, she attacked his homework folder as soon as he walked in the door, diving into it like it contained all the answers to the universe. To her chagrin, she found Michael was slacking and leaving many assignments undone or sitting in limbo.
She tried lectures but even her best ones seemed to fall upon closed ears. She threatened to remove all the stuff he liked but that strained their relationship. Finally fed up, she turned to her wise friend, Linda, for advice.
“He doesn’t seem to care,” Miriam lamented, “I don’t know what to do. When do I step in and when do I step back?”
Linda shared some general ideas she had learned as a Love and Logic teacher:
  • Hug your son before you hug his homework folder. You want him to know his worth has nothing to do with school performance. Tell him you love him and you’re glad to see him. Don’t even bring up schoolwork when he comes in.

  • If you do help, do so only when you’re both in a relatively good mood. Help when he asks nicely — as long as the pencil stays in his hand. Let him experience some real results of not getting work done. In general, you want him to own his grades. If you step in too much, you rob ownership from him.
Linda noted that there is always some judgment involved in deciding when to step in: Factors might include a child’s age, grade level, developmental level, personality type, and how often these problems occur.
Miriam decided to be more careful about stepping in and to intentionally communicate that she believed in Michael. She stopped asking about homework and allowed Michael to bring up the subject. She decided to be supportive by providing a distraction-free work area and a time in the evening (after chores) for everyone in the family to “study” and/or have a quiet time.
To her surprise, as her observable anxiety over Michael’s assignments lessened, Michael’s concern over his own academic performance seemed to increase. In other words, when the adult is doing all of the worrying regarding homework, the child doesn’t need to be concerned. But when the parent steps back, the responsibility lands on the child, and more times than not, they will take on the responsibility.
Give your kids the gift of owning their homework assignments.

Jedd Hafer